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Google: An overview

4 Sep 1998
Google: An overview
  • Google is the multi-technology company based out of USA, which was floated by two PhD students of Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.
  • Google held its first Initial Public Offer (IPO) in August 2004 and is listed in NASDAQ as GOOG and GOOGL.
  • Other prominent products apart from the search engine include Google Docs, Google Plus, Gmail, Google Drive and Android OS.

Who is Sundar Pichai?

2004
Who is Sundar Pichai?
  • Pichai Sundararajan, known as Sundar Pichai is the Indian who is famously associated with Google.
  • Sundar did his schooling in Chennai. Later, he graduated from IIT-Kharagpur and did his MS from Stanford and a MBA from Wharton School.
  • Sundar's tryst with Google began in 2004 when he was in-charge of building the Google toolbar. Before stepping into Google, Sundar had worked in McKinsey.

Sundar extends to a wide business portfolio

2004-2012
Sundar extends to a wide business portfolio
  • Sundar was instrumental in the highly acclaimed launch of Chrome Web browser in 2008.
  • By 2009, Sundar also took over the web-based Chrome OS for desktop and notebooks.
  • Google Apps head, Dave Girouard quit to float his own venture in 2012. Soon enough, Sundar took over Google Apps too, hence extending his already intensive business portfolio to a wider range

Praises galore for Sundar

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Larry Page, the former Google CEO once commented that "Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use - and he loves a big bet."

Sundar Pitchai presides over Android

13 May 2013
 Sundar Pitchai presides over Android
  • Sundar took over Android, the operating software from Andy Rubin. Rubin had presided over Android since it was first rolled out in 2004.
  • The then CEO, Larry Page commented that Sundar would continue to manage Google Chrome and Google Apps in addition to Android.
  • Also, newer tablets from Google which functioned on Android were also planned to be launched

Sundar becomes almost the best

25 Oct 2014
Sundar becomes almost the best
  • Sundar Pichai was promoted to oversee all arms of Google except YouTube.
  • This vertical movement made Sundar the second most powerful person in the company, just below Larry Page, the Chief Executive.
  • In addition to Google Doc, Gmail, Android and Chrome, Sundar took over Google Research, Maps, Search, Google Plus and business.
  • This move was made to give Page space to design future products.

Sundar joins Indians at the helm of affairs

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Sundar joins the ranks of several other Indians who head elite corporations like Satya Nadella - CEO of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen - Head of Adobe and Nikesh Arora - a former executive of Google, who now presides over Softbank.

Sundar becomes CEO of Google, subsidiary of Alphabet

11 Aug 2015
Sundar becomes CEO of Google, subsidiary of Alphabet
  • Google rolled out Alphabet Inc, a collection of companies as its parent company, with Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President.
  • Google was announced as the largest owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc and Sundar Pichai was made the new CEO.
  • This restructuring was made so as to ensure that each entity of Alphabet had a strong CEO to run the business.

What is Alphabet?

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Alphabet Inc is a technology holding company. It has been incorporated to narrow Google's scope and it is the parent of Google Inc, Nest Labs, Calico, Google X, Google Capital and Google Ventures.